Review: Tankers #2
Tankers as a series is rather predictable. Still, it’s insane fun. This is a popcorn B-movie in comic form. You just sit back and enjoy the ride which gets sillier and sillier with each moment. Tankers #2 has the crew back in the present but it’s a different present than the one they left. The dinosaurs didn’t die as expected but instead have survived all of these millions of years and evolved.
Written by Robert Venditti, the concept of Tankers has a solid bite of satire about it. An oil company sends a team back in time to divert the comet that killed the dinosaurs. The idea would be that it’d return and in that time period there’d be more dinosaurs to later turn into oil. But, things didn’t work out the way they thought. The “Tankers” return to the present to a world full of dinosaurs.
How did they return to a world that knows their plan? That’s kind of pushed to the side as with much of the comic, we’re expected to just roll with the goofy nature of it all.
The story is all about the comedy of people in mechs battling dinosaurs and trying not to die. Everything and everyone is ramped up and the story goes exactly the way you’d expect it to.
The goofy nature of it all is delivered through the art of Juan José Ryp. With Andrew Dalhouse on color and Dave Sharpe on lettering, the issue is about bullets and missiles flying to attack dinosaurs. It’s a cacophony of explosions and blood splatters. Like the very nature of the comic itself, the visuals are a massive exaggeration taking things over the top. Like the story itself, you get a feeling there’s a bit of satire in the visual delivery.
“The Provider‘ is the second story of the comic. Written by Sean Ryan, it features art by Khari Evans, color by Dalhouse, and lettering by Simon Bowland. It follows early man as he hunts and provides for his family with a minimal amount of words. It’s a near silent comic and might be a bit better if it were. It’d put more emphasis on the visuals and actually been a more engaging story. It’s not bad but also never quite connects.
Tankers #2 is a comic that ramps things up to 11 and proudly displays its machismo. That’s part of the point and charm of the comic. This is one to not take too seriously and instead just sit back and enjoy the ride.
Story: Robert Venditti, Sean Ryan Art: Juan José Ryp, Khari Evans
Color: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Dave Sharpe, Simon Bowland
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read
Purchase: Zeus Comics